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Is it possible to increase chances of winning the $1.6 billion dollar Powerball jackpot?

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Last night’s Powerball drawing had no winner, yet again. Now the jackpot is worth $1.6 billion dollars.

The prize will likely grow before the next drawing as people buy more Powerball tickets.

As drawings keep happening and nobody wins, people are looking for ways to boost their odds at winning. Your chances of winning the jackpot are just 1 in 292.2 million.

Research has been done on the topic, and there are some numbers that are drawn more often than others. These are 61, 32, 63, 21 and 69. Despite these odds, not one of these numbers have been drawn in the last five Powerball drawings.

According to Rong Chen, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Statistics in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the same combination of numbers drawn one day have the exact same chances of being drawn another day.

One way to try to increase your odds is to choose a combination of numbers that others are less likely to choose, according to My Twin Tiers. Chen suggests numbers over 31, which decreases odds of matching with people who choose birthdays. This lowers your odds of having to share the prize if your numbers are chosen.

You can also choose numbers that have not been drawn recently. Lottery wheeling, which is selecting a group of numbers and plating each combination is another way to try to increase chances.

Overall, there aren’t any specific numbers of combinations that will increase your chances at the Powerball jackpot.

The best way to increase your odds is to buy more tickets. If you purchase 100 tickets instead of 1, your chances of getting a winner drop to 1 in 29.2 million instead of 1 in 292.2 million.

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